Sleeping on tummy

Megan - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )




my daughter is 10 months and keeps flipping over like she wants to sleep on her tummy during her naps & at night. is it ok for a 10 month to sleep on her tummy? i keep flipping her over to her back, cause she gets stuck on her tummy.


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Your doing the right thing in flipping her back over onto her back, especially as she gets stuck on her tummy. Current recommendations suggest placing your baby to sleep on their back at all times, if they flip (as many do once they can turn) just to turn them back over onto their back again until they are a year old - personally I would do it until they are confident at turning back and forth just for peace of mind though even if that is over a year old.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/26/2011




They aren't sure still what causes SIDS. I am for anything that reduces that risk of course. However, the regulations seem to always be changing on whether you should lay them on their tummy or on their back. I believe the reason they do this is to see if the rate of deaths due to SIDS change with the new recommendation. In essence, using your child as a guinea pig to see what will happen now.

So truly, this is something that each mom has to decide for herself. Just like breastfeeding or formula feeding.

Good luck Megan, I wish you the best. I wouldn't be too concerned with her rolling over, she is old enough to hold her head up and is probably sitting on her own at 10 months and almost getting ready to coast furniture.

Krista - posted on 03/24/2011




It was always my understanding that it was safe for children to sleep on their tummy's when they were strong enough to lift their head and roll over. My girls have always slept on their backs but if your daughter rolls over on her own I think she should be ok. Just make sure she is in the middle of the crib and there are no loose blankets near her face.


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Nikkole - posted on 03/27/2011




My daughter is 8 1/2 months and she is a wild sleeper she sleeps on her back belly head lol everywhere id say as long as the baby can move around well to be able to breath then it should be fine

Audrey - posted on 03/27/2011




i was told that if your child is capable of turning themselves over then its fine to let them sleep on their tummy. both mine are tummy sleepers. i put them to sleep on their backs but if they keep turning themselves over then i would think it would interupt their sleep to keep bothering 10 months, i think its okay to leave her on her belly if she wants to sleep like that.

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I realise that they don't actually know what causes SIDS BUT they don't keep changing the recommendations of how to put baby to sleep, mums have been advised to put baby to sleep on their back from 1991, so for the last 20 years mums have had the same recommendation and since more parents put baby to sleep on their back (along with the other things such as not smoking around baby etc) the incidence of SIDs has decreased. Yes it is for parents to decide themselves what is right for them but they should have the right information to do it.

Jenni - posted on 03/26/2011




When they are physically able to turn onto their tummy. Besides you couldn't stop them anyways. ;)

Both my kids preferred to sleep on their tummy around 2 months. I'd still always lay them down on their back... still do with my 10 month old. But she chooses what position she wants to sleep in.

There are still some risks of SIDS involved but usually by six months those risks are very low.

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Elizabeth young babies are much more likely to suffocate due to NOT being able to move their head properly and their matresses being too soft, with older children it is unlikely they will suffocate as they can postition their heads so they can breathe, that is why it is recommended to place babies to sleep on their backs and since more mums put their babies to sleep on their backs the incidence of SIDS has dramatically decreased.

Yes babies can get a slightly deformed head when placed on their back but ensuring they have tummy time while awake and aren't constantly on their backs will prevent this - the severe cases of head dysformation are often connected with neglected children and is something that health professionals look out for as an indicator of neglect. It is very unlikely to happen if the baby is attended to during the day.

Erica - posted on 03/25/2011




My son slept on his tummy from the day he came home from the hospital 6 yrs ago....He WOULDNT sleep any other way. If she is rolling over then let her stay that way

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011




Both of my children slept on their tummys from birth on. She will learn soon how to flip back over. When was the last time you heard of a child suffocating because she/he was too lazy to unblock his nose by lifting his/her head...never?

Everyone will have their own opinions on this ..however, have you seen the babies whos heads are mis-shapen and the pediatricians are treating them with special helmets meant to shape their heads normally again...that is caused by the child always laying the same do not see that with kids whom are positioned to sleep on their tummy's

Vino - posted on 03/25/2011




Hi, my baby is just 4 months. She too sleeps in her tummy only. Even though we turn them, they come back to the same position. They might feel more comfort and convenient in that position i think. Its better to leave them in their way...

Gwen - posted on 03/24/2011




My daughter was a tummy sleeper from birth. She still sleeps that way at age 3.

Heather - posted on 03/24/2011




My son has slept o his tummy since he was 11 weeks old. He hard bad gas pains at night and i think they bothered him so bad the tossing and turning would filp him to his belly. (he only rolled at night) in the beginning i would flip him back but it would just wake him and then he would wiggle and fight until he was on his tummy again. So i just left him be. I velcrod his monitor to the side of his crib near him so I could hear him breath. I was a nervous wreck for a few weeks. My son is now 10 months and still rolls to his tummy. Now that he can roll back to his back I dont worry as much. His gas pains stopped when he started sleeping on his belly. At 10 months she should be able to roll back to her back but if not im sure she has good heard control and can move her head. I say do what you feel is best! You are her mom and only you can decide in the end but us moms are here to let you know our opinions.

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My son was always a tummy sleeper! ALWAYS! As early as 3 weeks this is how he slept. I was so scared and was constantly checking on him. 6 years later, my son still sleeps on his stomach!

Amanda - posted on 03/23/2011




My daughter has slept on her stomache since she was 11 months old. It's just the way she prefers to sleep. She is now 18 months old, I still lay her on her back to go to sleep but she has flipped over to her tummy before I've left the room. I used to flip her back when she first started doing it but she would always turn straight back

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